The Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks Papers consist primarily of
materials relating to his extensive involvement in the art and dance world of the 1920s and
1930s. Although the collection extends from 1893-1963, the bulk of materials date from 1924
to 1962, and contains correspondence, manuscripts of his children's stories, poems, writings
on dance, and memories of Pavlova, as well as clippings and personal memorabilia, including
programs, invitations, accounts, postcards, Christmas cards, and announcements for dance
recitals, classes, and exhibits. The collection has been arranged into four series:
correspondence, writings, personal papers, and subject files.
Joseph Rous Paget-Fredericks was born in San Francisco, California on December 22, 1903,
although a family story claims his birth occurred on the eve of the 1906 earthquake and
fire. It is questionable as to what his true year of birth is; it has been recorded as 1903,
1905 or 1909. His mother, Constance Rous-Marten Paget-Jackson, came from a noble English
family, and his father, Arthur Remy von Höe[h]nthal Fredericks, was descended from
a family of Baltic lumber Barons.
Number of containers: 16 boxes, 2 cartons, 4 oversize folders, and 1 oversize
Linear feet: 9.2
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U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of
University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and
publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials
protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of
the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited
without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively
with the user.
Collection is open for research.